NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Successfully putting together a wedding, with all of the intricacies and stress that come along with the task, can take a toll on even the staunchest of planners. Add into the mix a surprise like no other -- a global pandemic sweeping the globe, with gatherings over 50 banned, venue closures and catering companies scaling back staff -- it's a bride's worst nightmare.
1010 WINS' Brigitte Quinn spoke with a former staffer, Andrea Jones, about her ordeals in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.
For Andrea and her beau, the big day was scheduled for just one month from now, April 18th in sunny Florida. After seeing the seriousness of the virus' spread, the pair decided a couple of days ago to make the dreaded decision -- to cancel.
"Of course, we kind of saw it coming down the line," admits Jones. "We just felt like we didn't want to put anybody at risk. It was a sad decision, but no regrets. It was the right thing to do."
Jones says much of their family and friends live in the Northeast, with some scattered on the West Coast, and many would not have been able to make the trip. Not to mention the elderly members of their families who would not have been able to attend, as well.
"It's a tough situation," says Jones. "It's really an easy decision when you think about what some of the other people out there are facing. I've heard some pretty shocking things in the last couple of days that certainly validate our decision."
It's not lost on Jones that all of the guests who had booked rooms, flights -- the entertainment that was paid to perform -- everyone is in 'cancelation mode.'
"You don't even think about some of the things until you start talking to (people). We had a band scheduled, and all of those people are paid to be at these gigs. That's their job. Now they're potentially postponing thousands of dollars of income until whenever this thing dies down."
Jones is also wary of the future, not knowing when the couple will be able to reschedule.
"For us, being in Florida, we don't know when a good time would be to reschedule. We're looking at summer and hurricane season."
Jones is optimistic that she and her fiance will get time to celebrate, and is able to see the irony in their honeymoon plans, "which, of course, was scheduled for Italy in May."
Italy has been one of the most hard-hit countries by the coronavirus and is currently experiencing a national lockdown, an extreme measure needed to help stop the spread.
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